One of the things I notice while cycling and walking in France is how much people seem fearful for their possessions. Most houses have large fences or bushes surrounding their property. They have large electric gates and many have cctv security systems.
Now I am not only talking about large houses even houses the size of my own back home would have such measures. Hardly a house does not have it notice property private.
Frequently there is the added deterrent of one or two large barking dogs.
I watched an owner open his electric gate from his car, drive through then sit and wait and watch until it was closed again, making sure that neither I not my wife or friends slipped in while it was still open.
There is a bit of me that is happy I do not own enough to want to have such measures or such fear.
There is a tale about just this.